Exchange Server 2007 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) Coming Soon
Article by George Norman
On 13 May 2009
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the leading server of e-mail, calendaring and united messaging in the industry, and the foundation for a dynamic and holistic unified communications experience in today’s business environment, will receive a second service pack, according to the Redmond-based software giant. Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will be rolled out in the third quarter (Q3) of 2009.

SP2 for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 will be provided free-or-charge, and getting Exchange Server 2007 SP1 is not a prerequisite; but getting SP2 is a prerequisite for Exchange Server 2010 interoperability. The Microsoft Exchange Server team explains:

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“SP2 is available at no additional cost to customers that have purchased Exchange Server 2007. SP2 is slated for release in the third quarter of 2009. SP2 can be installed in any of the following modalities:
a. A fresh install with Exchange Server 2007 SP2;
b. In-place upgrade from Exchange Server 2007 to SP2;
c. In-place upgrade from Exchange Server 2007 SP1 to SP2.
Exchange Server 2007 SP2 is required to interoperate with Exchange Server 2010 and to enable the transition of services to the latest version of the product.”

The key new features that Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 2 brings to the table are:
- Enhanced auditing.
- Exchange volume snapshot backup functionality.
- Dynamic active directory schema update and validation.
- Public folder quota management.
- Centralized organizational settings.
- Named properties cmdlets.
- Managing diagnostics logging has a new UI (user interface).

If you decide to stick with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 SP1, you should know that support and Update Rollups will be provided for 12 months time after SP2 is released. Exchange Server 2007 SP2 will be a prerequisite if you wish to deploy Exchange Server 2010 – for interoperability purposes.

In related news, the development team behind Exchange Server has recently highlighted MailTips in Exchange Server 2010. The function that MailTips has to accomplish is preventing you, the user, from experiencing annoying and frustrating mail incidents – like sending out an email to the whole organization, not just one person, or sending out an email to a person that is on leave for the week and cannot reply. A detailed article on MailTips in Exchange Server is available here.



Tags: Microsoft, Exchange Server 2007, Service Pack 2, SP2, Q3
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